Dedicating countless hours towards progressing through a game only to have the carrot of a next-gen experience of the same title dangled in front of your face can be one of the most frustrating feelings in gaming. For most games, it’s simply a hardship that gamers must contemplate before making their purchase. For Destiny though, the choice will be made much easier thanks to the ability to transfer save files.
Both Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game will be readily available at launch, albeit with a PC version noticeably missing, but for those who have yet to pull the trigger on the latest generation of consoles, Destiny is poised to make the transition as easy as possible. Gamers who decide to buy the Xbox 360 or PS3 versions of the title will have the ability to transfer their save files – bringing their characters and progression – to their console’s respective next-gen counterpart.
This comes following Bungie investment lead Tyson Green’s statement that the company doesn’t want to artificially restrict the player:
“We’re interested in making sure that last gen character can move to next gen. A lot of people are going to buy Destiny on PS3 or Xbox 360 and then get a PS4 for Christmas. Don’t tell me I wasted those last 100 hours there. So we’re really interested in supporting that. Our longer-term platform plans, I couldn’t speak to right now. But we don’t want to lock people in.”
As it stands, it would be a reasonable assumption that while the saves will be able to be transferred from old hardware to new, this will be restricted to consoles from the same manufacturer. According to Green:
“We don’t have any plans to announce there right now. Traditionally that’s been restricted by the platform [holders] themselves. We’ll just have to wait and see where they go with that.”
While it’s not a definite no, it seems unlikely that cross-platform saves will be present at launch. This does not mean that it might not make itself present in a future iteration of the title, but for now players will have to celebrate the tiny victory of cross-generation saves. With platform choice drawing a distinct line between groups of players, it could truly be a game-changer to allow players to freely transfer their saves between consoles, thereby eliminating any isolation between friends with different console preference.
With the game “close to shipping” and beginning to show off more and more of its depth in new gameplay videos, it’s easy to see why Destiny is one of the most anticipated titles of the year. Scheduled to enter beta this summer, it won’t be long now before players are finally able to get their hands on the game’s customization options and finally get a taste for this new space epic.
Do you think you will start Destiny off on one of the new consoles or make the jump later? Would you like to see cross-platform saves rise in prominence in the future?
Destiny is set to drop September 9, 2014 for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
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